175 years ago today - Dec 27, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]

We learned from Presidents Youngs teaching that it was necessary to keep up A full organization of the Church through all time as far as could be. At least the three first Presidency quorum of the Twelve Seventies, and Patriarch over the whole Church &c so that the devil could take no Advantage of us.

The subject was discused or spoke upon by O. Pratt concerning the Appointing of the first Presidency And Patriarch over the whole Church. Others spoke upon the subject. It ws then moved seconded and carried universally that Brigham Young be the President over the whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. President Young then Nominated Heber C. Kimball to be his first Councellor which was seconded And carried unanimously. President Young then Nominated Wilard Richards as his second councellor which was seconded And Carried universally. It was then moved seconded And carried universally that President John Smith be the Patriarch over the whole church. ...

During the evening the people met with the band of music at the tabernacle & spent the evening in music, singing & dancing.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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